February was another strong month for the employment situation, with the economy adding 235,000 jobs. The headline unemployment rate is now 4.7 percent.
Last month's increase in jobs followed a 238,000 rise in January. The first two months of this year represent the strongest back-to-back months for the job market since July.
Unseasonably warm weather appeared to be a factor. Construction jobs, which can fluctuate depending on the weather, rose by 58,000, the most since March 2007, and followed a 40,000 increase in January. Manufacturing payrolls gained 28,000, a three-year high.